Are you on stress hormone overdrive? Too much cortisol can have a profound impact on your health.
We are currently living in a time where it is normal to be stressed out most of the time, and where the pace of our lives leaves little time for relaxation and recovery. Most of us are aware that our stress levels are too high, and often a health crisis is what bring it back to perspective again. It is estimated that between 79-90% of all visits to primary care practitioners in North America are due to stress-related illness.
One of the consequences of being under a prolonged period of high stress is that our brain forgets how to turn off and reset. We’re constantly on alert with poor sleep, sensitivity to stress, poor digestion, hormone imbalance, impaired fertility, weight gain and blood sugar imbalances. This is what I call ‘stress overdrive’. It’s where you can’t relax, even when you have time off to recover, and your mind is constantly going.
It is extremely important to get your body and hormones out of stress overdrive, because it can have a profound impact on your health, affecting your weight, blood sugar metabolism, hormone balance, fertility, digestion, increasing cancer risk and even more importantly, cortisol can turn on over 2000 disease-causing genes!
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Cortisol affects your genes
Genes are interesting, in that you can carry many disease-causing genes and never manifest them. One of the biggest factors in turning on these disease-causing genes is prolonged high cortisol. What this means, is that if for example you carry a gene that makes you more susceptible to Alzheimer’s, breast cancer or an autoimmune disease, you would be more likely to express this gene if you are living in a constant state of high stress. This for me is the most alarming impact that chronic high cortisol can have.